Location: Bob Lanier Court -- Reilly Center
The Short Story
Jaylen Adams scored a career high 28 points and had seven assists to lead St. Bonaventure to an 80-68 win over Vermont on Tuesday night in the Reilly Center. The win was the Bonnies' third straight and lifted their record to 6-2 going into a 10-day break for semester exams.
Adams made seven of 10 shots from three-point range, finishing one shy of tying the school record. The sophomore point guard made two of those in a span of 1:54 in the second half that broke a 45-45 tie. Adams' shooting sparked an 11-2 run that ended with the Bonnies ahead 56-47. St. Bonaventure built the lead to 73-56 with 7:02 remaining.
Dion Wright scored 16 points – 10 in the second half – and Denzel Gregg added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Marcus Posley finished with an effective night of eight points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
St. Bonaventure finished 11-20 from three point range and made 51.8 percent of its shots overall.
The Bonnies' defense tightened when needed most, limiting Vermont to only 11 points from the 18:27 mark, when the Catamounts tied the score at 45, to the 7:02 mark of the second half. Vermont center Ethan O'Day, a preseason All-America East pick, scored only two points on 1-7 shooting.
How It Happened:
- St. Bonaventure opened an early 13-5 lead after consecutive three-pointers by Marcus Posley and Jaylen Adams.
- Staying hot from long range, Adams helped stake the Bonnies to a 36-25 lead after he made back-to-back three-pointers.
- St. Bonaventure led 41-29 but Vermont closed the first half with an 8-2 run to close within 43-37 at halftime.
- Adams finished the first half 4-6 from behind the arc and totaled 17 points.
- St. Bonaventure made seven of its 12 three-pointers in the first half; Marcus Posley was 2-4 and Nelson Kaputo made his only attempt.
- Vermont opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers around a layup that tied the score at 45-45.
- Adams then gave the Bonnies the lead back with his fifth three-pointer of the game at the 17:08 mark, sparking an 11-2 run that put St. Bonaventure back in control.
- It was a 62-55 game when the Bonnies broke out for an 11-1 run, opening a 17-point lead at 73-56 with 7:02 remaining.
- Vermont could not pull any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Beyond the Box Score:
- Over the last two games, Jaylen Adams went 12-17 from three-point range; as a team, the Bonnies were 22-39. This was following a 2-21 shooting night at Buffalo.
- Denzel Gregg's four blocks tied his career high set in the opener against Binghamton. He now has 16 blocks this season.
- The Bonnies' 6-2 start matches their marks through eight games both of the last two seasons.
- St. Bonaventure is now 4-1 at the Reilly Center this year and is 42-11 in home non-conference games under Mark Schmidt.
- Schmidt now has 130 wins at St. Bonaventure, moving him within two of Jim Baron for fifth place on the school's coaching wins chart.
- Dion Wright now has 878 career points. He passed four players on the program's all-time scoring list on Tuesday including Rob Lanier and Jim Satalin. Wright stands 54th all-time.
Quotes from St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt:
"We beat a team that will be really good in their league. We didn't play our best … we didn't do a good job of closing out possessions in the first half and we kept them in the game, but we found a way to win. We have to continue to get better in these next 11 days off, but you will take a win any time."
"We can't allow ourselves to get leads and then relax. We have to continue to work. Jay was terrific, especially in the second half. He played even better than he did against Ohio. Guys get better in our program. We get kids who have high ceilings and love to play. Jay is like that. He's a gym rat and loves the game."
"From an offensive standpoint, we played well. When they tied it up, our guys buckled down and played much better. When you're shooting the ball well, it makes everything look better."
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will be idle for the final exam period and will return to action Dec. 19 when the Bonnies host South Carolina State in the Reilly Center.